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Malala's magic pencil



This week, our afternoon lessons are all going to be based around the book 'Malala's magic pencil'. Many of you will be familiar with Malala and her story. The book is based on the events that happened to her.

Your task today is to listen to the story and then think about what you would draw if you had a magic pencil to make the world a better place. I would like you to draw it either on the paper below or on your own paper at home and then send me a short video explaining what you have drawn. I will put all of the videos together and add them to the class page. 

Malala's magic pencil

Optional extra mini taks

There are a lot of symbols that are used in the story, many of them come out of Malala's magic pencil. How many can you find? Think about what each symbol represents and what it tells us about Malala using the sheet below. I have put in some of the symbols that I noticed but you can add more of your own. 


Today, we are going to find out a little bit more about Malala and who she was. Watch the newsround clip below.

Malala's most famous speech was the speech that she made to the United Nations in 2013 about the importance of education and the right that everyone should have to go to school. We saw some of the speech in the newsround clip. You can see the full speech below. When you watch, you will notice how passionate she is about doing everything that she can to ensure that every child has the right to an education. When she made this speech, she was not much older than you are now. 

Your task today is to write your own speech about why education is so important and that everyone's right to an eduction should be respected. You can either film or write your speech. When you write your speech, think about:

  • What are your rights?
  • Why is eduction important?
  • What needs to change to enable every child to have an eduction?

Optional extra mini-taks

Create a campaign poster like the ones in the image below to campaign for equal rights in eduction. 


Today, we are going to be thinking a bit more about our rights. Unfortunately, the rights that we have in this country are not the same as the rights in other countries such as Pakistan where Malala is from. Watch the story again and think about what the differences are. Use the sheet below to write down what you notice about rights in England and Pakistan. You could do further research of your own to compare the two countries. 


Optional extra mini-task

On the document below there are some facts about Malala. Can you write down what each fact tells you about Malala's identity and personality?



Today, you are going to write a letter to Malala. Think about what you would say to her, what questions would you ask her about what her life was like in Pakistan and what her life is like now in England. You might want to tell her about what your own experience of eduction in England has been like and how you feel about it. You might want to ask her questions about her book or her speech and how she felt being so well known at such a young age. 


Optional extra mini-task

What do you think the children used the rubbish from the dump for? Can you recycle some of the rubbish around your house and make something useful?


Today, you are going to do some artwork. You will notice that the illustrations in the book include a lot of henna art work. Henna is a temporary dye made from plants that is used to decorate the skin during different festivals and celebrations. It is usually made with patterns and include lots of nature images such as leaves and flowers. Your task is to draw your own henna pattern to decorate your hand. Draw around your and on a piece of paper and then decorate it using the henna style patterns. Use the images below and the pictures in the book to inspire your artwork. 

Optional extra mini-taks

Do your own research into Pakistan. Find out where it is, what food is eaten there, what clothes are worn and what life is like living in Pakistan. Create a poster or a powerpoint presentation to show what you have found.